Laura Whitmore has spoken about how motivating the late Sinéad O’Connor was to her since she grew up with her as a “idol.”
The iconic musician died on Wednesday, aged 56, after being discovered ‘unresponsive’ at her London home.
Since the news emerged, fans, friends, and celebrities all over the world have been sharing their love and grief, and a special meeting in O’Connor’s memory took place Thursday night at the London Irish Centre in Camden.
Aisling Bea, Sharon Horgan, and Annie Mac were among the celebrities that attended for speeches and performances.
Laura admitted on Good Morning Britain on Friday that she was there as well, adding that they had a “late one.”
She told Ben Shephard and Charlotte Hawkins that she was impressed by how she “talked about things” without “burying her head in the sand.”
‘Growing up in the 90s with her as an icon,’ Laura learned that ‘if you have power, use it in the right way.’
She went on: ‘She made me proud to be Irish and I was so grateful to meet her.
‘She spoke the truth and showed there was power in your vulnerability.’
Laura was then asked about her weird connection to O’Connor, which caused the former Love Island contestant to giggle as she grasped what Ben was talking about.
She explained her mother lived in a property ‘around the corner’ from where O’Connor lived in County Wicklow, and would always point out: ‘There’s where Sinéad lives.’
‘Dara Ó Briain, Hozier, Katie Taylor, she knows them all,’ she laughed.
Hundreds of people gathered at the London Irish Centre on Thursday to honour the Nothing Compares 2 U singer’s life and music.
Attendees were treated to a reading of one of O’Connor’s letters by actress Lisa Dwan, as well as a performance of Take Me To Church lead by Aisling from This Way Up.
Meanwhile, thousands of people gathered outside Dublin’s Wall of Fame to pay their respects to O’Connor’s “wonderful spirit.”
Those gathered in Temple Bar spoke about how her music had influenced their lives and urged for her death to “light an absolute fire under all of us” to address how mental health and children are handled in Ireland.
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